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This is the official website for the Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association, established in 1873. We are a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.

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Welcome to the Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association!

For over 130 years the Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association has been serving the Los Angeles Beekeeping Community. Our group membership is composed of commercial and small scale beekeepers, bee hobbyists, and bee enthusiasts. So whether you came upon our site by design or just 'happened' to find us - welcome! Our primary purpose is the care and welfare of the honeybee. We achieve this through education of ourselves and the general public, supporting honeybee research, and practicing responsible beekeeping in an urban environment. 

"The bee is more honored than other animals, not because she labors, but because she labors for others."  Saint John Chrysostom 

Next LACBA Meeting:
Monday, May 7, 2018. General Meeting: 7PM. Open Board Meeting: 6:30PM.  

Next LACBA Beekeeping Class 101:
Sunday, April 15, 2018, 9AM-Noon at The Valley Hive.

Check out our Facebook page for lots of info and updates on bees; and please remember to LIKE US: 



NC State Researcher Awarded Grant to Improve Honeybee Health

NC State University     By Dee Shore     March 14, 2018

David Tarpy, of the Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology, leads new CALS research related to honeybee health.With a grant from the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research’s Pollinator Health Fund, NC State University scientist David Tarpy is researching the impact of pesticide exposure on honeybee colony disease prevalence and reproductive potential.

Tarpy, a professor of entomology and plant pathology and the NC State Extension apiculturist, recently received a $217,000 grant from FFAR, a nonprofit established through bipartisan congressional support in the 2014 Farm Bill. The FFAR grant is being matched by a graduate fellowship from the North Carolina Agricultural Foundation Inc., supporting a Ph.D. student in the NC State Apiculture Program, Joe Milone.

Milone and Tarpy’s research will generate new knowledge about the multiple interacting stressors that lead to declines in pollinator populations. “By studying the interactions among queens, pesticides and disease, we are determining how the entire exposome – or all of the things that the queen and colony are exposed to – affects overall bee health,” Tarpy said.

Noting that managed and native pollinators are vital to many crop production systems and the ecological resources that support them, FFAR Executive Director Sally Rockey congratulated Tarpy and NC State for undertaking research that will inform science-based approaches to improving pollinator health.

FFAR established its Pollinator Health Fund in response to the agricultural threat posed by declining pollinator health. Insect pollinators contribute an estimated $24 billion to the United States economy annually.

NC State is one of 16 organizations that received a total of $7 million in FFAR funding toward research and technology development designed to contribute to healthy pollinator populations that support crop yields and agricultural ecosystems.

To learn more about the FFAR Pollinator Health Fund, please visit


LACBA Beekeeping Class 101 - #2

A special thank you goes out to all the volunteers who came out to lend a hand today at the Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association Beekeeping 101 Class - Class #2 at The Valley Hive.

Frame building - Nick Maggiore (Photo: The Valley Hive)

Jon Reese, Clyde Steese, Merrill Kruger, Juan Ruvalcaba at the box building station. (Photo: The Valley Hive)Merrill Kruger does some heavy lifting. (Photo: The Valley Hive)


LACBA Beekeeping Class 101 - #2: March 18, 2018, 9AM-Noon, at The Valley Hive

The Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association Beekeeping Class 101 - Class #2 is Sunday, March 18, 2018 from 9:00AM-Noon, at The Valley Hive location: 10538 Topanga Canyon, Chatsworth, CA. The location for the rest of the classes TBD. You can register at the class.

The topics for this Sunday's class are: box building and how to install a package.

If the event is cancelled this Sunday due to rain, we will let you know on this website and our LACBA Facebook pageThe Valley Hive will also send an email to those on the customer list and they will make an announcement on social media as well (The Valley Hive Facebook page).

All the information you need in order to attend the LACBA Beekeeping Class 101 is posted on our website:

Beekeeping Class 101 is the entire session of beekeeping classes:
 from February through October 2018 (No class in September). We suggest you begin in February and continue through all the classes.  You are welcome to come in the middle of the season of classes, but  you will have missed out on valuable information.

Get there early so you can find a place to park. Bring a chair, and paper and pencil for taking notes.


This Giant US Retailer Has Hinted That It's Building Crop-Pollinating Robot Bees

Business Insider/Australia      By Leanna Garfield    March 15, 2018

  • Walmart has filed a patent for a robot bee that could potentially pollinate crops like real bees.
  • The patent could signal that Walmart is looking to have more control over its food supply chain.
  • Other organisations are also developing pollination drones to help offset the decline of bee populations.

Polynoid/Greenpeace/Vimeo A rendering of a robot bee, as seen in a short film by Polynoid.Like an episode out of “Black Mirror,” Walmart has filed a patent for autonomous robotic bees, technically called pollination drones, that could potentially pollinate crops just like real bees.

The drones would carry pollen from one plant to another, using sensors and cameras to detect the locations of the crops.

First spotted by CB Insights, the robot bee patent appears along five other patents for farming drones, including one that would identify pests and another that would monitor crop health. Walmart did not immediately respond to Business Insider’s request for comment.

While Walmart’s exact goal for these patents is unclear, they may signal that the company hopes to venture into agriculture and gain more control over its food supply chain.

This would make sense, considering Walmart has recently focused on improving its grocery delivery business.

On Wednesday, the retailer announced that it will expand its grocery delivery this year to over 800 stores that reach 40% of US households. In some locations, the service will offer same-day delivery in as little as three hours. In January, Walmart also filed a patent for an online grocery shopping service that would allow shoppers to accept or reject produce picked by Walmart employees.

Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences Harvard University’s RoboBee.Walmart is not the first organisation to create a robot bee. In recent years, scientists have searched for solutions to the decline of honeybees, which pollinate nearly one-third of the food we eat and are dying at unprecedented rates largely because of a phenomenon called colony collapse disorder.(In 2017, however, these deaths declined from the year prior.)

Harvard University researchersintroduced the first RoboBees in 2013. At the time, the bee-size robots could only fly and hover midair when tethered to a power source, but they have advanced since then. Today, the RoboBees can also stick to surfaces, swim underwater, and dive in and out of water.

The researchers believe these RoboBees could soon artificially pollinate fields of crops – a development that would help offset the yearly bee losses over the past two decades. Though Harvard’s bees can do several tricks, they still can’t be remotely controlled. The robotic bees described in Walmart’s patent, however, would have this capability, along with the ability to automatically detect pollen. That would mean that the bees could theoretically work on a farm one day, rather than just in a lab.

GREENPEACE - NEW BEES from Polynoid on Vimeo.


16 Hives Stolen in Madera County

California State Beekeepers Association    March 15, 2018

16 hives were stolen in Madera County in the last 3 weeks. The hives were set along the west side of Road 19 just north of Ave 26 near the city of Chowchilla, CA

See photos of similar hives, most hives are marked with a large pink colored “C” and or branded with the name “COLVA”.

Christina Colva at 307-851-1326
Ryan Cosyns at 559-232-2200